Category Beef and Lamb

Argentine Steak with Chimichurri on Crostinis

This classic gaucho-style steak is a sure crowd-pleaser and is a unique way to serve grilled steak on a warm summer evening.  Because it uses an inexpensive cut of meat, it’s also easy on the wallet. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Easy Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: For the Chimichurri Sauce: 1 bunch flat […]

Seared Lamb Loin with Garlic and Lemon

Lamb tends to be one of those things that people either love or hate.  For a long time, I hated it because the only way I’d ever had it prepared was slow braised in a crockpot, stew-style, and served with mint jelly.  While that may be some people’s cup of tea, it wasn’t mine.  Then […]

The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks

Anyone can cook a hunk of meat.  But doing it to perfection?  That’s the tricky part.  So what’s the secret? I’ll always remember the first time I saw The Matrix my junior year of high school.  The special effects, the amazing “bullet-time” cinematography, the unprecedented martial arts and the gripping plot.  But there was something […]

8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

“And If I’m in luck, it’s broiled hockey puck…” (Tom Lehrer, “She’s My Girl”) Ah, the glorious hamburger.  So delicious.  So simple.  Or is it? We’ve all been there.  At least I have.  Burgers that are either still frozen in the middle, or turned into broiled hockey pucks.  Over the years, I’ve come up with […]

Santa Maria Tri-tip, Grilled Corn, Arugula Salad and Garlic Sourdough Toast

A California Central Coast classic, this meal is the perfect complement to a warm summer evening spent near the grill with friends and family. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Intermediate Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 About This Meal Tri-tip is a California classic cut of beef that comes from the bottom of the sirloin.  It […]